Swap-bot Time: January 23, 2017 11:06 pm


Date Joined: May 19, 2016
Last Online: January 23, 2017
Birthday: June 10, 1977
Country: Germany
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About Me

Greetings from Germany! I joined this site because I make mail art, and I need people to send it to! I hope to receive mail art or goodies with which to make mail art in return. I am also a real life scientist with a laser and everything. Some of my hobbies:

**Mail art

**Pottery, including kiln-building

**Reading aloud

**Learning languages (including new curse words)

**Ornithology ( I cannot say which bird I love the most. At the top of the list are: graylag goose, herring gull, raven, pigeon, blackbird, cormorant, common redshanks, greenfinch, albatross, robin, Eurasian curlew... actually, all of them. I wish I could lay their eggs.)

**Local tourism (within cycling distance)

**Drinking whisky and eating cheese

**Cross-dressing (I welcome gender-subversive images but despise transphobia)

**Collecting fossils

**Visiting art museums

If you're not sure what to write, why not tell me about that great project you keep meaning to start/finish? You never know: it might give you the push you need to realise it! I am always interested in your local industries or handicrafts, especially ceramic and textile art. People tend to think their region has nothing to offer. I have heard this many times from my fellow Europeans, and I think USAians are the same. I'm sure you're wrong! And maybe this is your chance to find out more about your culture, whatever you define "yours" to be. My current town, for example, is a good place for tattooing and knotting (it's a seedy port town) as well as beer brewing.

Other regions in which I have lived were variously (locally) famous for: wine, beer, pewter, love-spoons, papercut silouhettes, coal-carving, lace-making, embroidery, spinning, yodeling, horse-breeding, rope-making, earthernware/fayence and dyeing. Yet in every one of these places, people denied that there was anything interesting going on in the region.

I once met a young man who said his tiny, conservative Bavarian village was the most boring place on earth (and I tend to agree), and it later turned out that he was was a Vorplattler (professional thigh-slapper) competing at world-class level! Ah, those Bavarians! So what are the people of your region up to behind closed doors?

I don't collect anything! No, no, that would just be accumulating stuff. Ahem. So, things I am definitely not collecting (cough, cough) are: images of craftspeople, feminist/womanist stuff, your interesting anecdotes, puns and sayings. If you send me those things, I will be very happy and will by no means be accumulating them, stroking them and giving them nicknames. Nor will I put them in tins and sort them into piles. No way. That would just be materialistic and silly. Which I am not. Glad we established that!

Favorite Books

Dictionaries, encyclopediae, maps, blueprints, the entire non-fiction section of the library.

Swappers with special needs...

I make almost everything out of scrap and leftovers, which I think gives it a rough-and-rugged recycling charm. If you are in a swap with me and have special needs, be they sensory, OCD, whatever, let me know and I will be glad make your post out of fresh, smooth, new paper. If you are visually impaired, please let me know and I will joyfully make you a textured card or one with strong visual contrast.

I use vegetable-based glues and mineral-based pigment, but I occasionally use leather, feathers or wool. If you prefer me to make something vegetarian/vegan, I will be happy to do so.

I want to make you happy, so I will be delighted to accept your needs unquestioningly.

Favorite Crafts

Ceramics, recycling, papercutting, printmaking, drawing and sketching, collage, calligraphy, bookbinding, embroidery, woodburning, assembling junk, building giant evil lasers with which to take over the world, you name it! Favourite textures: Paper, textile, wood, leather, stone, feathers, fur, rusty iron, peeling paint, brick, string.

I collect postcards and photographs of craftspeople and their workshops.

Secret career wish

I l o v e being a physicist. But I secretly wish I were one of those people that make maquettes for museums. I would be dead good at that.

I would also love to be a cheese-maker, a whisky distiller or a dry-stone waller.

If I could have one wish granted, I think I would like to experience life in a rock pool.

I have a huge weakness for...

Dutch/Flemish still-life, trompe l'oeil and vanitas paintings of the "Golden" century. Especially those with tulips, half-peeled lemons and oysters. Do you know the ones I mean?

Zoological and botanical collections, like insects pinned on cards, owl pellets, birds' eggs, pressed seaweed, wasps' nests, shed skins and the like. Xylotheks - wood libraries, like the Schildbach xylothek in Kassel.

European romanesque and gothic Catholic art: painting, sculpture, architecture, reliquaries, psalters. Slavic and Byzantine orthodox Christian art. Islamic calligraphy and tesselations. Religious art in general.

Arctic and seamen's art: scrimshaw, bone and antler sculpture, toys and clothing made of sealskin or fish leather, bone ships, knotwork, beading and ropework.

Ceramics ancient and modern. Art, traditional, domestic, industrial, medicinal, achitectural, brickmaking: all of it! Kiln building, glaze recipes, techniques and tools, potters: anything! Turkey, Ecuador, Denmark, Iran, Mali, China, Pakistan: Everywhere!

Textiles: Indonesian batik, Central European Blaudruck (indigo), Hebridean tweed, Baltic/Belarussian woven belts, Japanese woodblock print, Tyrolean felt.

Scientific images: microscopy, MRI, x-ray, diffraction patterns, circuit diagrams, the periodic table, telescopy, seismographs, cloud chamber patterns.

Special requests

Please write to me in English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans or French. If you write your return address in a non-latin script, please use your very best and simplest lettering. I will copy it verbatim, you see. If you are sending a bought card, I would like it best if it is stamped and written on.

Please don't send me anything to do with Hallowe'en, Christmas or St. Valentine's day. I just don't like it. I've tried, but I don't. Thank you in advance for your consideration. Of course, if I join a swap with these themes: bring it on! I'm nothing if not inconsistent.

Unless I join a goodies swap, please don't send me anything but the swap item(s), and possibly a note. I know you mean well, but my drawer is full!

If you send humour, please punch up, not down. I really don't like cute, kitsch, bling or pin-up. I hated colouring books even as a child.

In case I join a goodies swap: please don't send me anything to eat or drink, no cosmetics or jewellery and nothing scented. I love scrap paper and recycling. I don't like pretty-pretty: so please send me your old, sun-damaged, torn or foxed paper, card, envelopes, used stamps and old office supplies (not scrapbooking paper from the craft shop). If you think it's too old or damaged or grubby or creased for a swap and it's at the bottom of your "can't bring myself to throw it away" drawer: please send it to me, you will make my day! Don't be shy, I won't mark you down! Please don't send me plastic unless it's something you would otherwise throw out. I like to be biodegradeable. I'm chill with religious images and greetings. In fact, I like them! But please don't mission.


I thought I'd put a little something here for my fellow stamp swappers. Science, technology and medicine, please! I love stamps with a limited colour palette and a strong graphical component. Often the definitives of republics fit that description (Poland and the Czech Republic have lovely definitives), as well as Europa/CEPT and human rights motifs, but I'm not keen on portrait stamps or photographic ones. I like bridges, oil rigs, oil refineries... anything like that. I don't like Christmas and Easter stamps. I love the USA pottery and mineral stamps and the Dutch Luchtpost-bicycle. Newfound love: Singaporean "vanishing trades".

In other words: please send me your pots and science!

I don't send out "third Reich" stamps. I know some people like to collect them and I understand that. Sorry!

Postage times

Deutsche Post is brilliant! (Thanks, Postie!) However, the world is big. Average times (from my Postcrossing experience): Germany - 2 days; BeNeLux and Austria - 5 days; Finland, France, Poland - 9 days; USA (city) - 15 days; USA (rural) - 21 days; Hong Kong and Taiwan - 16 days; China (city) - 24 days; China (rural) - 60 days; Moscow and St. Petersburg - 12 days; West Russia and the Urals - 35 days; Russia East of the Urals - 60 days and upwards; India - 40 days.

Thank you

Thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read this and think about what might please me. Be assured that your post will make me smile!

Yours sincerely, Sonia (SuMay)


mahlermail rated for IS: Decorated envelope #6 INT on Jan 23, 2017
Comment: I received your post today. What a lovely treat - a long, hand-written letter and on postcards, no less. Love the raptor cutouts. I will PM you about your letter. Much thanks.
ttbishop rated for AMA: Security Envelope PC on Jan 23, 2017
Comment: Really nice! Thank you!
Merrykerry rated for Religious art postcard no. 1 on Jan 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card, the time taken to write and explain it..And the nice stamps which you also have abit of history on!😁
MiekeC rated for WIYM ~ Cover My Envelope SWAP!! on Jan 21, 2017
Comment: Dank voor je prachtige envelop. Ik vind hem erg vrolijk. Ook bedankt voor je extra spulletjes en je briefje. Inderdaad ik kom zo nu en dan in museum Boymans en Beuningen, altijd leuk. Maar ik denk dat jullie in Hamburg ook allerlei leuke musea hebben.
Response: Hoi! Dankjewel voor het haartje. Het klopt dat wij ongelofelijk goede musea hebben in Hamburg. Mijn favoriet is het MKG, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, dus aangewende kunst. Als je een keertje er bent, laat eens weten, ik toon je graag mijn stad!
Swan rated for Washi Tape PC on Jan 21, 2017
Comment: Die Karte sieht immer noch großartig aus. The card still looks great. I love the design. Thanks!
Response: Da bin ich erleichtet! That's a relief! You're welcome.
GinaVisione rated for HMPC: Under the Sea Postcard on Jan 20, 2017
Comment: Wonderful SeaLife PC, front and back! Love all the rubber stamps and the whale drawing, and will look up the book at the library!
Kvwanderlost rated for ART PC #2 SCULPTURE / CARVING on Jan 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you Sonia! I love this PC and the story behind it :D
Response: Long live Tacheles!
Comment: Super idée, la pochette secrète de ta carte! J'aime beaucoup les tampons que tu as gravé pour l'année du coq: il faudra que j'en fasse un moi aussi et que je le signe et le date avec les tampons que tu m'as faits ;-) Je t'écris donc bientôt!
Response: Ma chère Chlallet, J'exchangerais toujours avec plaisir avec toi. Si tu n'as pas envie d'utiliser les tampons, c'est pas grave. C'etait plutôt pour le moment de donner. Amities, Sonia
Sissi rated for Map or aerial view on Jan 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard and your very nice and long message on the back!!! Vielen lieben Dank <3
Response: Sehr gern! Ich hoffe, die hattest du noch nicht.
Eclectonote rated for Muslim solidarity swap on Jan 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your inspiring words of inclusivity and hope. Thanks also for the generous assortment of ephemera, all so interesting to look at, particularly the artwork on the invitation. Your envelope, too, was wonderful, especially your hand carved stamps and the "Tag der Briefmarke" postage stamp. Nice!
Response: The "day of the postage stamp" is lovely, isn't it? Simple and clear. I enjoy sending out German stamps with hearts on them. We're not the first country one associates with love and kindness, so using this stamp puts a smile on my face!
Comment: Sonia, thank you so much for your thoughtful letter and extras! I discovered something else we have in common apart from amphibians I also don't have a driver's permit! Loved all the beautiful glittery things you provided!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart.
jimmyconnors rated for Winter bird count on Jan 14, 2017
Comment: Vielen Dank für den Bericht und Spitzenidee für einen swap. Wiederholung zur Stunde der Gartenvögel?
Response: Au ja, gern! Danke für deine Teilnahme.
Swan rated for Postkarte auf Deutsch, Nr. 2 on Jan 13, 2017
Comment: Ich glaube, diese Karte von der Marienkirche habe ich noch nicht gesehen. Ist ja spannend, dass wir so viele Gemeinsamkeiten haben. Thanks a lot!
Response: Gern geschehen. Ich liebe Backsteingothik!
Comment: I am speechless for the beautiness of the book plates you made for me!!! All these swaps are opening a totally new world... Wow... Thank you sooooooo much for everything and the lovely note in Spanish you asked your husband to write!!!! I love it and tell him ''well done'' !!! Hugs and many hearts going your way, happy new year! Edited: THANK YOU so much for my ''sello''... I LOVE IT!!!!!! I hope to swap with you again ♥♥
Response: Thank you so much for your warm words. I will certainly pass on your praise to my husband, it will make him very proud! I have just drawn your address again for a swap, I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it. So please don't look at my Flickr page until it arrives. Hasta la proxima (?), Sonia
chabbywabbit rated for Fast and flat mail swap-Theme on Jan 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter!! I love the post-it the most! And the feathers were a beautiful surprise.
Response: My goodness, that got half way around the world fast! I knew you'd like the post-its. I don't usually buy things for swaps, but in this case, I couldn't resist. Thank you for the heart.
Comment: Dear Sonia - thank you very much for your nice bodypainting. Sonia loves her socks. :-)
Response: I do indeed! Ich freue mich auf deinen Körperkunst.
Comment: Thank you! I'm so sorry for the late rating. Someone accidentally took my mail and just gave it back to me today. Anyway, I love the drawing you did! Thanks again!
Response: Thank you for rating. In our block it's the other way around: I automatically get any post that looks interesting, and I have to run around putting it in other people's boxes.
MamaMangrove rated for HMPC: Altered Postcard on Jan 11, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Sonia. I want to ride my bicycle into the sky too! Your lovely silver cutout words unfortunately didn't adhere to the card, but I stuck them back on to get the intended effect. Love your envie with all the stamps & stickers, plus the card playing royals on the postage stamp are a hoot! The Surrealist Encounters exhibit does indeed sound like something I'd enjoy. If only my bicycle really COULD fly!
Response: Thank you for repairing the postcard. The card playing royals is one of my favourite stamps. I particularly like the queen's smug grin! I've now visited the "surrealist encounters" four times. I was delighted to see that the curator has made an effort to include art by women.
dvmac rated for Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face! on Jan 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you Sonia. The sandpaper is brilliant. Did you carve the ship stamp on the note card? It's beautiful.
Response: I did indeed. Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart.
Arabella rated for AMA Sender's Choice-JAn on Jan 10, 2017
Comment: Love the bird artwork, Su May! I'm definitely a bird nerd! And love your decorated envelope and "real" stamp! Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart!

Rating Overview

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Monastelar on Jan 19, 2017:

what can i say? Today i got your nice and lovely envelope, full of marvelous Pcs, stickers, photos of dogs. Thanks you so much!!! was really really really nice from your side and i loved!!!

<3 thousands and thousands <3 for you

chabbywabbit on Jan 13, 2017:

I was surprised that i got it so fast too!! I'm still waiting for some of my earlier swaps to arrive from NOV2016...

Thank you so much for thinking of me when you pack the letter!

BubbLeGumGirLie on Jan 7, 2017:

Danke für die Buttons :)! Ich hab mich richtig gefreut deinen Brief in der Post zu finden :)! Ich mag es, wenn Leute spontan an mich denken ;)! <3

bigmamabird on Dec 27, 2016:

Hey! A surprise bird envelope full of fun German ephemera landed on my doorstep today... Thanks! I love it all and am so very impressed with the stamp you've created. Thanks for the swap invite, I'm going to go check it out now... Happiest New Year wishes to you!

Smiley69 on Dec 22, 2016:

I received your piece of writing for the "Image as a Writing Prompt" swap today! Very clever poem...giant invisible dentist with dentures LOL. Thanks for the pretty ephemera too. Merry Christmas 🎄

joybells2426 on Dec 20, 2016:

Hello! I meant to thank you for your reply to my "kicking the beauty habit" swap, but it slipped my mind. So I'm a little late, but thank you for your encouragement. I went to the store and the post office yesterday without makeup, so I'm making progress! Happy Holidays!

naturenerd3 on Dec 10, 2016:

Hi. I just joined your winter bird count swap. I am excited to find another birder here. Thanks for hosting!

kafekafe on Dec 2, 2016:

What a fun piece of mail arrived today - unexpected, pretty and with birds on it! :) Thank you so much for the woodpecker postcard. I'm a huge lover of birds (which you already know) and it's such a beautiful card. We often have woodpecker visitors around the house, but they're never black! I also dig the bird postage stamp and urbber stamps. All in all, an awesome piece of mail that I was happy to receive! Take care xx

bigmamabird on Nov 26, 2016:

I received your sky themed envelope with the lovely ATCs and letter today. What fun I had creating my sending for our fungus swap! I love how you incorporated my story of the envelope question in the envelope design... Let us please do another swap, maybe after the new year, unless we get paired up in a group swap. Did I tell you that if my envelope was rated as a package it would have cost over 13 dollars?! Cheers for now, Carroll Oh and my family were quite impressed with me for swapping with a physicist! My husband received a bachelors degree in physics, which he never used.... and I too would love mastering the art of dry stone walling.

Stargazer008 on Nov 26, 2016:

Hallo Sonia – gerne, gerne! Du hast mich mit Deiner Post überrascht: also gehört sich auch ein ordentliches Dankeschön! Das klingt super und kommt gleich auf die Hamburg Liste. :) Lieben Gruß aus Westfalen, Joana

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